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|The Killing of Sister George by Frank Marcus||Directed by||Jeffrey Vaughan
|Opens:||Thursday 27th March 2014|
|Until:||Saturday 5th April 2014|
|Bookings open:||Monday 10th March 2014|
|Fifty years after this black comedy was written, it still packs a punch.|
Sister George is a beloved character in the popular radio series Applehurst, a district nurse who ministers to the medical needs and personal problems of the local villagers. She is played by June Buckridge, who in real life is a gin-guzzling, cigar-chomping, woman, the antithesis of the sweet character she plays. She is often called George in real life. She lives with a younger woman, Alice “Childie” McNaught.
But ratings are falling and when June discovers that her character is scheduled to be killed, she becomes increasingly impossible to work and live with.
Marcus’s plays were noted for their strong parts for female actors, such as Sister George, his forth play. It has enjoyed a resurgence, performed in London in 2011 and New York in 2012.
This play looks at relationships, will have you laughing as well as wondering who has the power and who is manipulating whom.
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|The History Boys by Alan Bennett||Directed by||Keith Scott
|Opens:||Thursday 29th May 2014|
|Until:||Saturday 7th June 2014|
|Bookings open:||Thursday 8th May 2014|
|This sparkling comedy is the story of a group of senior history students in a second rate public school in pursuit of the most glittering of prizes, admission to the universities of Oxford or Cambridge. Terribly unruly but terrifically talented, the boys are preoccupied with study, sport and sex – but not necessarily in that order. They are faced with a headmaster who is only interested in reputation, a new young teacher only interested in results, and old Mr Hector, their general studies teacher, who simply believes in the joyous gift of knowledge and giving his boys their individuality. Blissfully funny and irreverent, but also confronting, shockingly honest and deeply moving, The History Boys explores the anarchy of adolescence, the nature of history, and questions the aims and methods of the modern education system. |
|A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare||Directed by||Dale Neill
|Opens:||Thursday 24th July 2014|
|Until:||Saturday 2nd August 2014|
|Bookings open:||Thursday 10th July 2014|
|A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set|
|The Choice by Claire Luckham||Directed by||Helen Fearnley
|Opens:||Thursday 25th September 2014|
|Until:||Saturday 4th October 2014|
|Bookings open:||Thursday 11th September 2014|
|...tells the story of a couple, expecting their first child. They are told, however, that the child will have Down syndrome and must then choose whether to abort or continue the pregnancy. The decision is examined through a writer, who presents a picture of her own warm relationship with her Down syndrome brother, set against the anguish of the couple.|
The play offers a moving and sometimes humorous debate that presents both sides of the argument. There is no simple answer and the play does not provide one; rather it raises profound questions about the power of giving life and the responsibilities it confers.
Globe is where New Zealand's best known poet, James K Baxter, had his
first plays produced.
'theatre in a house' was created in 1961 by Patric and Rosalie Carey when
they extended the living room of their house in London Street into an
auditorium, converting it into a small, 30 seat theatre which they called
The Globe. This was later modified into the 80 seat theatre which exists
today. The Careys were active in promoting both classical and new theatre
to Dunedin audiences. The theatre was the first in Australasia, for example,
to mount a production of Beckett's Waiting for Godot. At the same time,
there were regular performances of works by Shakespeare, Sophocles, Moliere,
Ibsen and others.
Careys also promoted the works of New Zealand playwrights such as R A
K Mason and James K Baxter, both of whom were Burns Fellows at the University
The Careys retired in 1973 but the theatre and its traditions continue,
under the watchful care of the Incorporated Society known as the Friends of the Globe
the theatrical environment in Dunedin has changed considerably since the
1960s, the wishes of many people to see and/or participate in amateur
theatre which is produced to high standards has not changed. If you too
would like to become involved in the workings of this theatre in any capacity,
on stage, behind the scenes or simply as an audience member who is given
a discount on admission, do consider becoming
a member of the Friends of the Globe.
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